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February 19, 2014 - 11:08 am

The Washington Free Beacon reports that several members of an ironworkers union have been indicted for arson. They allegedly burned a church.

The federal government on Tuesday indicted multiple union members forburning down a Quaker church in 2012.

Ten members of a Philadelphia ironworkers union face charges of arson and racketeering in connection with a fire against the church, which was employing non-union workers.

“Ironworkers Local 401 [was charged] with allegedly participating in a conspiracy to commit criminal acts of extortion, arson, destruction of property, and assault in order to force construction contractors to hire union ironworkers,” the FBI said in a press release. “Specifically, the indictment charges RICO conspiracy, violent crime in aid of racketeering, three counts of arson, two counts of use of fire to commit a felony, and conspiracy to commit arson. Eight of the 10 individuals named in the indictment are charged with conspiring to use Ironworkers Local 401 as an enterprise to commit criminal acts.”

The group of self-described THUGS—an acronym for “Those Helpful Union Guys”—allegedly burned down the meetinghouse as part of a wider campaign of violence against non-union work sites across the city.

Calling themselves THUGS — accurately — is a nice touch.

Here’s the FBI’s report, which given how the Obama administration tends to handle Big Labor, is a pleasant surprise. Did the Bureau sneak this one past Eric Holder or what?

They burned a church. I can’t quite get my head around that.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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It's not like the Klan (or Pakistani Muslims), but while it was still under construction they used a cutting torch to destroy structural steel that had already been placed. Obviously, they're not going to leave a firewatch after committing a crime, and the residual heat caused a fire.

Still a dick thing to do and definitely illegal, but it's not like they were burning a Quaker meetinghouse with people in it or anything ...

Kids, when you burn or weld remember to set a firewatch ...
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Have to wait & see if it's true. Union thugs used to have a purpose, i.e., to fight company thugs on their own terms. But today? I think companies prefer to use lawyers - who are much more dangerous than Pinkerton men with machine guns. So why are unions still employing "muscle?" Is it some sort of precious Labor Movement tradition or something?
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Unions used to offer protection for workers. Now they're just a protection racket.
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Oh good, a RICO indictment.
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They burned a church. I can’t quite get my head around that.

I thought only the Muslim Brotherhood could get away with burning churches.... Hmm, maybe the union guys are figuring that it works for Muslims so it ought to work for them too....
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